Searches of W-B homes lead to 2 drug arrests

June 25th, 2015 12:23 am

First Posted: 9/11/2013

WILKES-BARRE — Two city men were arrested and drugs, weapons and cash were seized Wednesday morning after multiple law enforcement agencies converged on two homes in the city with drug trafficking search warrants.

Arrested were Patrick Miller, 25, of Carlisle Street, and Junior Comas, 28, of Coal Street.

Members of the Wilkes-Barre Police Drug Task Force, Wilkes-Barre Police Anti Crime Unit, state police Troop P Vice Unit and the state Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigation executed the warrants at 216 Carlisle St., Apartment 2, at about 6:30 a.m., and 145 N. Sherman St., Apartment 103, at about 7 a.m.

According to court papers:

• Officers detained Miller at the Carlisle Street apartment and seized suspected crack cocaine, a digital scale, packaging materials, three televisions and more than $28,000 in currency. At the Sherman Street apartment in Interfaith heights, police found two loaded pistols.

• Officers learned that Lateesha Lundy, the renter of the Sherman Street apartment, was in the hospital. In an interview, she told police Miller had been her boyfriend for four years, and she would help him make money by selling drugs for him. She said she would argue with him about keeping guns at her apartment because she has children. He kept the guns there because he was on probation and his apartment was subject to search, Lundy told police.

• Using wiretaps, investigators learned a confidential informant set up drug buys from Miller on Sept. 3 and 9. Allegedly at Miller’s direction, Lundy and Comas allegedly provided crack cocaine to the informant at the Sherman Street apartment and at 292 Coal St., Apartment 111.

• Police found Comas at the Coal Street apartment shortly after the search warrants were served on Sherman and Carlisle streets. When officers knocked on the front door and identified themselves, they heard a toilet flushing multiple times. Comas and the owner, Sophia Griffin, eventually answered the door and gave police permission to search the apartment, in which they found $2,245 in cash and a business card for a federal probation officer, who advised them that Comas is on federal supervised release.

Miller was charged in three separate complaints with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, unauthorized possession of firearms, and two counts each of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility.

Comas was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.

Both were arraigned Wednesday night before District Judge Ronald Swank in Mountain Top. Miller’s bail was set at $25,000 for each complaint for a total of $75,000. Comas’ bail was set at $25,000. Both were jailed at the county prison.

Miller’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 17 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre. Comas’ is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 19 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.